MRI becomes operational after 7 years delay

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KARACHI: Though an MRI machine at Peoples Medical College at Nawabshah was scheduled to be installed by October 2010, it become operational after a delay of almost seven years only recently, said Sindh Health Minister Dr Sikander Mandhro on Monday.

He was responding to queries by legislators during the Question Hour that pertained to the health department in Sindh Assembly`s Monday session, chaired by Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani.

Responding to a question by Pakistan Muslim League-Functional legislator Rafique Banbhan the minister gave various reasons for the delay of the MRI machines` installation at teaching hospitals in the province in Karachi, Jamshoro, Nawabshah and Larkana, including the one at Nawabshah. The reasons cited were delayed handing over of the sites by the hospitals; slow pace of civil work; technical faults; delayed power supply; customs-related delays etc.

The minister further said that supplier com-panies M/s Reditech International, M/s Mediequips SMC and M/S Sheerazi Trading were blacklisted but later the blacklisting was withdrawn on court`s order. Later the manufacturer M/s GE Health Care was asked to install the machinery. He said that the fourth one, the last one in the series, has been installed recently at Nawabshah; all four, he added, were operational regularly except when the liquid helium or spare parts were not available.

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